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NOAA Scientists Predict 'Larger Than Average' Gulf Dead Zone; 'Hypoxic Zone And The Oil Spill Is Not Good For Local Fisheries'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 29, 2010 19:21 EST

The northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, an underwater area with little or no oxygen known commonly as the "dead zone," could be larger than the recent average, according to a forecast by a team of NOAA-supported scientists from the...
 
Underwater Sponges And Worms May Hold Key To Cure For Malaria; 'We Haven't Even Begun To Explore The Oceans' Depths'
Orlando, Florida - Jun 29, 2010 19:17 EST

Healing powers for one of the world's deadliest diseases may lie within sponges, sea worms and other underwater creatures. University of Central Florida scientist Debopam Chakrabarti is analyzing more than 2,500 samples from marine organisms collected off deep sea near Florida's...
 
Study Examines Why Mercury Is More Dangerous In Oceans; 'The Exposure Rate Of Mercury In The U.S. Is Quite High'
Durham, North Carolina - Jun 28, 2010 08:43 EST

Even though freshwater concentrations of mercury are far greater than those found in seawater, it's the saltwater fish like tuna, mackerel and shark that end up posing a more serious health threat to humans who eat them. The answer, according...
 
Is This The Perfect Prawn? 'Beautifully Textured Meat, Rich Color, Robust Size And A Great Taste'
South Victoria, Australia - Jun 28, 2010 08:25 EST

After 10 years of careful breeding and research, scientists have developed what could be the world's most perfect prawn. CSIRO scientists and the prawn industry have bred an improved Black Tiger prawn which is producing record yields in aquaculture farms and...
 
The Amperima Event: Ecological Change In The Abyss Driven By Climate
Southampton, U.K. - Jun 25, 2010 13:30 EST

Even in the dark abyss of the deep ocean animal communities can undergo rapid, widespread and radical changes. Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre are at the forefront of monitoring these changes and understanding the mechanisms responsible. Their latest research...
 
Taiwanese Couple Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Trading Protected Black Coral
Washington, D.C. - Jun 23, 2010 22:03 EST

Two Taiwanese nationals were sentenced to prison today in federal court in the U.S. Virgin Islands for conspiracy to ship internationally protected black coral into the United States in violation of federal wildlife statutes, the Department of Justice announced. Ivan Chu...
 
Deep Water: Researchers Discover Source Of Essential Nutrients For Mid-Ocean Algae
Monterey, California - Jun 23, 2010 21:50 EST

For almost three decades, oceanographers have been puzzled by the ability of microscopic algae to grow in mid-ocean areas where there is very little nitrate, an essential algal nutrient. In this week's issue of Nature, MBARI chemical oceanographer Ken Johnson,...
 
Fish Study Turns Color Vision Theory Inside Out; 'The Males Have To Make Themselves Stand Out'
St. Lucia, Queensland - Jun 22, 2010 23:28 EST

Neurobiologists at the Queensland Brain Institute have found that animals are not always as brightly colored as they seem – at least not to their counterparts. Researchers have delved deep inside the eye of the brightly colored cichlid fish –...
 
Gender-Bending Fish Problem In Colorado Creek Mitigated By Treatment Plant Upgrade; 'A Canary In A Mine Shaft'
Boulder, Colorado - Jun 21, 2010 21:40 EST

Male fish are taking longer to be "feminized" by chemical contaminants that act as hormone disrupters in Colorado's Boulder Creek following the upgrade of a wastewater treatment plant in Boulder in 2008, according to a new study led by the...
 
Florida Waters Host Unusual Crowd Of Whale Sharks - Three Tagged By Marine Lab; 'Sara Is Wearing A Lot Of Jewelry Now'
Sarasota, Florida - Jun 19, 2010 21:54 EST

Ten whale sharks gathered Friday, June 18, about 23 miles offshore and southwest of Sarasota, giving Mote Marine Laboratory scientists a rare chance to satellite-tag three whale sharks in our own blue backyard. "People who have lived here 30 years...
 
Lawsuit Filed Against Bp On Behalf Of Scuba Diving Business; 'Taking A Double Hit'
Montgomery, Alabama - Jun 18, 2010 17:54 EST

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a lawsuit against British Petroleum ("BP") and several other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm represents Adventure Sports II, a SCUBA diving business, which has...
 
Researcher Suggests Retooling The Ocean Conveyor Belt; 'The Old Model Is No Longer Valid For Ocean Overturning'
Durham, North Carolina - Jun 18, 2010 17:17 EST

For decades, oceanographers have embraced the idea that Earth's ocean currents operate like a giant conveyor belt, overturning to continuously transport deep, cold polar waters toward the equator and warm equatorial surface waters back toward the poles along narrow boundary...
 
Oceanographers Call For More Oceanography In Antarctica, Suggest A 'Nested, Multi-Platform' Approach To Research
St. New Brunswick, New Jersey - Jun 18, 2010 17:11 EST

Rutgers' Oscar Schofield and five colleagues from other institutions have published in Science, calling for expanded ocean-observing in the Antarctic, particularly in the Western Antarctic Peninsula, or WAP. This mountainous arm of the continent stretches north toward South America. In their...
 
Noaa Conducts Tests To Determine Fate Of Whale Found Dead In Gulf Of Mexico; Not Found In Oiled Water
Washington, D.C. - Jun 17, 2010 15:22 EST

On Tuesday, June 15, the NOAA Ship Pisces reported a dead sperm whale floating 77 miles due south of the Deepwater Horizon spill site. NOAA is currently in the process of conducting thorough testing to determine the circumstances surrounding the...
 
Ultimate Leaping Sharks: 23rd Annual Shark Week Shows The Apex Predator As Never Before
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jun 17, 2010 14:56 EST

Off the coast of South Africa, massive one-ton great white sharks blast from the water at 25 mph, with almost no warning, to pull a sneak attack on the seals that congregate there. Ten years ago, Discovery Channel premiered AIR...
 
Young Marine Biologists Aim To Make A Difference With A Tour Of Papua New Guinea
Brisbane, Australia - Jun 16, 2010 23:36 EST

Eager to save shrinking fish stocks and shape the future of their field, two UQ marine biology graduates will soon dive headfirst into a tour of Papua New Guinea. Peter Waldie and Tane Sinclair-Taylor will join Oceanswatch International next month...
 
Scientists: Wild Sharks, Redfish Harbor Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria; 'These Fish Eat What We Eat'
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - Jun 16, 2010 17:49 EST

Scientists have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in seven species of sharks and redfish captured in waters off Belize, Florida, Louisiana and Massachusetts. Most of these wild, free-swimming fish harbored several drug-resistant bacterial strains. The study, published in the Journal of Zoo...
 
New Insights Into Volcanic Activity On The Ocean Floor; Broken Crust Does Not Always Produce Volcanic Eruptions
London, England - Jun 16, 2010 17:22 EST

New research reveals that when two parts of the Earth's crust break apart, this does not always cause massive volcanic eruptions. The study, published today in the journal Nature, explains why some parts of the world saw massive volcanic eruptions...
 
Study: Cooler Pacific May Have Severely Affected Medieval Europe, North America; 'Warm Conditions Cause Increased Precipitation'
Miami, Florida - Jun 14, 2010 20:30 EST

In the time before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, a cooler central Pacific Ocean has been connected with drought conditions in Europe and North America that may be responsible for famines and the disappearance of cliff dwelling people in the...
 
Scientists Can Predict Almost To The Hour When The Reef-Building 'Rice Coral' Off Oahu Will Spawn
Manoa, Hawaii - Jun 13, 2010 17:39 EST

Scientists can predict almost to the hour when the reef-building "rice coral" off Oahu will spawn, but no one knows where the resulting floating coral larvae go. From June 11-16, 2010, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Hawai'i at...
 
Smell Stereo: Mystery Solved Of How Sharks Can Smell A Drop Of Blood From Far Away
Tampa, Florida - Jun 10, 2010 15:25 EST

It's no secret that sharks have a keen sense of smell and a remarkable ability to follow their noses through the ocean, right to their next meal. Now, researchers reporting online on June 10th in Current Biology, a Cell Press...
 
A Tale Of Two Atolls: Researchers Study The Impact Of Fishing On Remote Coral Reefs
Palo Alto, California - Jun 10, 2010 14:36 EST

Coral reefs - kaleidoscopes of pink anemones and silver sharks - are the planet's most colorful ecosystems and among its most endangered, say marine scientists. As global warming raises ocean temperatures, many corals blanch and die, a phenomenon called 'coral bleaching.'...
 
Marine Scientists Call For A Worldwide System Of Very Large, Highly Protected Marine Reserves; 'National Parks At Sea'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 10, 2010 14:00 EST

More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries are calling for the establishment of a worldwide system of very large, highly protected marine reserves as 'an essential and long overdue contribution to improving stewardship of the global oceanic environment.' While small...
 
First Definitive Guide To Borneo’s Sharks And Rays; 'It Is Important To Build The Local Knowledge'
Victoria, Australia - Jun 10, 2010 13:40 EST

Which island of South-East Asia has the most stingray species in the world? According to the new book Sharks and Rays of Borneo, the island of Borneo has 30 different stingrays: not surprising for the most biologically diverse region on...
 
Oceana: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Proves Deadly For Sea Turtles In Gulf Of Mexico; Oil 'Now Killing Endangered Species'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 10, 2010 09:34 EST

Oceana, the world's largest international ocean conservation organization, released a new report today that finds the Deepwater Horizon oil spill extremely dangerous for sea turtles inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, sea turtles can become coated in oil or inhale...
 
Scientists: Hungry Grey Whales Face A 'Prey Crisis' As Food Sources Dry Up; 'There's Some Kind Of Anthropogenic Driver Involved'
Bath, U.K. - Jun 9, 2010 22:18 EST

Scientists from the University of Bath have reported a dramatic fall in the number of grey whale sightings in British Columbia and are investigating the reasons for the disappearance of one of their main sources of prey. The researchers, supported by...
 
Research: Crocodiles Ride Ocean Currents For Ocean Travel; 'These Crocodiles Are Poor Swimmers'
Brisbane, Australia - Jun 7, 2010 20:35 EST

The mystery of how the world's largest living reptile - the estuarine crocodile - has come to occupy so many South Pacific islands separated by huge stretches of ocean despite being a poor swimmer has at last been solved by...
 
Study: Coral Transplantation The Simple And Cheap Solution To Reef Restoration; Source Coral 'Like An Orchard Of Fruit Trees'
Kingston, Rhode Island - Jun 4, 2010 19:45 EST

It is a question asked by marine scientists from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Barrier Reef; how best to restore coral reefs and marine habitat once it has been damaged or even killed? Now research published in Restoration...
 
NOAA Report: Vieques Contamination Nothing Special, Comparable To The Region
Washington, D.C. - Jun 4, 2010 19:19 EST

NOAA scientists are reporting in a newly published study that the health of the marine environment of Vieques, Puerto Rico - the site of military training activities from 1941 to 2003 which included live bombing exercises on the eastern side...
 
Industry Group: Dr. Oz Gets It Wrong On Fish And Mercury; 'A Chaotic Bazaar Of Advice'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 3, 2010 13:44 EST

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) is publicly challenging Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the Dr. Oz Show, to correct a number of errors and distortions that he made concerning fish, nutrition and mercury on a recent episode of his show....
 
Additional 'Black Swan' Briefs Support Odyssey Marine Exploration's Legal Position In Appeal; 'National Security Ramifications'
Tampa, Florida - Jun 3, 2010 09:13 EST

Several additional appellate briefs and amicus briefs have been filed with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Odyssey Marine Exploration's "Black Swan" case. The filings support Odyssey's argument that the trial court erred in dismissing the case because the...
 
Arctic Ice At Low Point Compared To Recent Geologic History; 'Unmatched Over At Least The Last Few Thousand Years'
Columbus, Ohio - Jun 2, 2010 19:25 EST

Less ice covers the Arctic today than at any time in recent geologic history. That's the conclusion of an international group of researchers, who have compiled the first comprehensive history of Arctic ice. For decades, scientists have strived to collect sediment cores...
 
'Jaws: The Inside Story': New Tv Special Offers Behind-The-Sceens Stories, Exclusive Interviews From Spielberg, Dreyfuss
New York, New York - Jun 1, 2010 21:48 EST

BIO presents "Jaws: The Inside Story," a two-hour special that features an exclusive look at behind-the-scenes stories from those who know them best – the cast and crew. "Jaws: The Inside Story" premieres Wednesday, June 16 at 9PM ET/ 10PM...
 
Follow The Robotic Leader: Researcher Creates Artificial Fish The Leads The School
Brooklyn, New York - May 29, 2010 19:57 EST

Artificial intelligence? Done. Artificial leadership? Its origins may well be in the fish tanks and the algorithms in Maurizio Porfiri's Brooklyn laboratories at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). Here the assistant professor of mechanical engineering, best known for...
 
Biologists Report How Whales Have Changed Over 35 Million Years; 'Major Players In Whatever Ecosystem They Are In'
Los Angeles, California - May 28, 2010 19:51 EST

Whales are remarkably diverse, with 84 living species of dramatically different sizes and more than 400 other species that have gone extinct, including some that lived partly on land. Why are there so many whale species, with so much diversity...
 
Florida Marine Lab Tags Two Whale Sharks; 'Unusual To Be Able To Tag Them Here Off The Florida Coast'
Sarasota, Florida - May 28, 2010 19:20 EST

Friday brought an unexpected surprise visit to the waters off Sarasota: two whale sharks cruising just offshore. Each was more than 20 feet long. The visit offered a rare opportunity for Mote Marine Laboratory scientists to outfit the sharks with...
 
Key West's Vandenberg Artificial Reef Celebrates First Birthday; 'It's Like A Big Party Going On'
Key West, Florida - May 28, 2010 18:09 EST

It took less than two minutes for the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg to reach the ocean bottom off Key West May 27, 2009, yet within a year it has bloomed into a timeless circle of life in the Florida Keys...
 
Study Begins On Air-Sea Exchanges And Their Influence On Climate; 'These Exchanges Are Not Well Understood'
Southampton, U.K. - May 28, 2010 17:56 EST

A two-year project, which will provide vital information on the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere and its influence on climate, begins this month. Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), University of Leeds, and the British Antarctic Survey...
 
Scientists: Temperature And Salt Levels Of The Western Mediterranean Are On The Increase
Madrid, Spain - May 27, 2010 14:41 EST

Spanish scientists have analysed the temperature and salt levels of the Western Mediterranean Sea between 1943 and 2000 to study the evolution of each variable. Their research shows that, since at least the 1940s, the deep water has become progressively...
 
World's Largest Container Shipping Company Refuses To Ship At-Risk Marine Life; 'The Net Is Closing On Destructive Fisheries'
Auckland, New Zealand - May 27, 2010 14:18 EST

The world's largest container shipping company, Maersk, refuses to ship a number of at-risk marine species including several caught by New Zealand fisheries, reports Greenpeace. In response to the overfishing crisis facing our oceans, Maersk – which transports about 20...
 


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